UK Nonlinear News, August 2000


Postdoctoral Positions



Postgraduate Studentships

Enterprise Ireland Funded Research Scholarship in Dynamical Systems Theory

National University of Ireland

Recent advances in computer technology have stimulated considerable interest in hybrid dynamical systems. This interest is concerned mainly with issues that arise as a result of the interaction of several dynamical systems, and is motivated by safety related issues that are of critical importance in several application domains. These include human-controller interaction (HCI), switched control systems (SCS) and machine-machine interaction (MMI), all of which are fundamental components of modern automobile and aircraft systems. Typically, hybrid systems are described mathematically using a mixture of continuous differential equations and logic based switching. Perhaps the most important consideration in the analysis of such systems is their stability. In spite of the vast amount of work currently in progress in the area of hybrid and switched systems, many fundamental questions related to their stability remain unanswered. The objective of the work here is to study several open problems related to the stability of hybrid systems.

Funding is available for a student to pursue a Ph.D. study programme in the above area. The project is theoretical in nature, and involves the application of modern ideas from mathematical stability theory to several open problems. The proposed research project is a challenging interdisciplinary one with major applications in industry. The successful student will join new and active interdisciplinary research group. The project is partly funded by Enterprise Ireland and carries a competitive stipend, covers university fees and offers the possibility of research related travel.

For further information on the project contact:

Dr. R. Shorten
Dept. of Computer Science,
National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Phone: 353 1 7084598

Source: Gian Mario MAGGIO.

Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications (CNDA)

University College London

Applications are invited for a funded three year PhD studentship (at EPSRC rates) to investigate the application of nonlinear dynamics techniques to the localized buckling of subsea pipelines.

The project is to be jointly supervised by Dr Avril Blackmore of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Professor Michael Thompson of the Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications (CNDA) at UCL. The CNDA has a strong record in the application of nonlinear dynamics techniques to spatial localization in structures.

Candidates with backgrounds in mathematical and physical sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a CV to

Dr Avril Blackmore
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT Phone: 020 7679 7851
Fax: 020 7380 0986

to whom informal enquiries may also be addressed.

Source: Avril Blackmore (

Networks and Nonlinear Dynamics Group, Department of Mathematics

University of York

The Networks and Nonlinear Dynamics Group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of York is looking for a graduate student to do a DPhil in an emerging area of applied mathematics involving dynamical systems, networks and statistics with applications to telecommunications and the Internet. Support for suitably qualified students would be available through an EPSRC pool award or possibly through a CASE award. In addition there is the possibility of some departmental support.

Applicants should have a good mathematical background (a first class or upper second in Mathematics or possibly Computing, Physics, Electronics). A knowledge of computer programming would be an advantage.

Anyone interested should get in touch with Maurice Dodson, Department of Mathematics, University of York, York YO10 5DD as soon as possible (; phone 01904-433098).

Source: Maurice Dodson (

MASIE Postdoctoral Fellowships and Studentships

The European Research Training Network MASIE (Mechanics and Symmetry in Europe) has funding for 5 postdoctoral research fellowships and 5 research studentships to work on aspects of the classical and quantum mechanics of Hamiltonian systems with symmetry, including applications to atomic and molecular systems and to Hamiltonian PDEs and continuum mechanics. The fellowships are based in Munich, Padua, Utrecht, Surrey and Warwick and the studentships in Lausanne, Nice, Dunkirk, Lisbon and Nottingham. Further information and contacts can be found on the MASIE website:

Source: Mark Roberts (

Postdoctoral Position: ``A global approach to understanding localised structures in nonlinear dispersive wave systems''

University of Bristol/Loughborough

Dr Alan Champneys (Dept of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol) and Dr Vassilis Rothos (School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Loughborough) are looking for a 2 year research assistant to start as soon as possible before Dec 2000. The project is entitled:
``A global approach to understanding localised structures in nonlinear dispersive wave systems.''
and will encompass a mixture of techniques from dynamical systems, computational mathematics/numerical analysis and nonlinear waves. We are looking for a candidate holding (or about to obtain) a PhD with expertise in at least one, preferably two of these areas. The project is funded by EPSRC. The RA will be expected to divide his/her time between Loughbourough and Bristol with the specifics to be be decided by mutual arrangement. The grant also has lots of money to invite experts in this field to the UK, with the aim of setting up international collaboration.

Interested candidates should email or to obtain further details.

Applications will be by CV and covering letter including name and address of 3 referees. Closing date 15th Sept.

Source: Alan Champneys.

Postdoctoral Position

Brain Dynamics Laboratory

University of Florida

The Brain Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Florida is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow. Applicants should have expertise in nonlinear dynamics. Experience with signal processing is highly desirable. The fellow will join our multidisciplinary research team by participating in investigations into dynamical mechanisms underlying the occurrence of epileptic seizures. Interested applicants should contact:

J. Chris Sackellares, M.D.

Please provide a copy of your curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of 3 individuals who can serve as a reference.

The deadline for application is October 15, 2000. Applicant should be available by January 1, 2001.

Source: Varun Bhagwan and Chris Sackellares

Postdoctoral Position in large wavelength asymptotics of linear wave equations

School of Mathematical Sciences

University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for a 20 month post-doctoral research assistantship, to be held at the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK, with a possible extension to 2 years (funding application pending). The successful candidates will work on large wavelength asymptotics of linear wave equations such as the Schroedinger equation or acoustic/elastodynamic wave equations. We are especially interested how the wave dynamics of a given system reflects dynamical properties of the underlying classical (or ray) problem obtained in the short wavelength limit (quantum chaos). The project will focus on extending techniques developed for scalar wave equations of quantum mechanics to vector wave equations as they occur in the theory of elasticity.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or be nearing completion) in Physics or Mathematics. Candidates with experience in short wavelength asymptotics, quantum chaos and/or elastodynamics or related areas are in particular encouraged to apply.

Salary will be in the range 16,286 - 18,915 pounds p.a. depending on qualification and experience.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Gregor Tanner, tel: 0115 9513842 or Email:

Candidates should send a detailed CV, together with the names and addresses of two referees, to Dr Gregor Tanner, School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. Closing date: 21 August 2000.

Source: Dr Gregor Tanner (

Centre for Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Institute

University of Oxford

The aim of this project is to develop continuum mathematical models that describe the spatio-temporal heterogeneity that characterises vascular tumour growth. The models will be used to predict the potential of genetically-engineered macrophages to deliver to the tumour anti-angiogenic and cytotoxic therapeutic agents. Applicants should have a PhD, or equivalent qualification, and strong publication record in applied mathematics with particular focus on modelling. The project is part of a European Commission Research Training Network and, as such, is restricted to applicants from the EC who must not have carried out their normal activities in the UK for more than 18 of the 24 months prior to their appointment. Age restrictions may apply.

The project is for three years, based at the Centre for Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Institute, and will be jointly supervised by Prof. P.K. Maini (Oxford) and Dr H. Byrne (Nottingham). Salary will be \pounds 18,731.

Start date 1st October 2000, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should send an up to date curriculum vita and letters of support from two referees to The Administrator, Mathematical Institute, 24-29 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LB, email: (email applications are acceptable) to arrive before 15th September.

Source: Philip Maini (

Postdoctoral Fellow in Systems of stochastic and deterministic molecular circadian oscillators

Mathematics Institute

University of Warwick

Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship to work on the theoretical part of a joint project bringing together experimental and theoretical groups. This project is concerned with a detailed study of deterministic and stochastic models of circadian oscillators at the molecular level. There will be a strong interaction with experiment in terms of the current understanding of the molecular components, comparison with contemporary data and the development of new experiments. The project involves experimental groups in Warwick (Dr A. Millar), Cambridge (Dr P. Lakin-Thomas) and Leicester (Professor C. Kyriacou). The successful candidate will be based in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick and will work under the direction of Professor D.A. Rand. It is expected that candidates will have a strong background in mathematics or physics but previous knowledge of biology, though desirable, is not necessary.

Prospective candidates are invited to contact Professor D.A. Rand, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, preferably sending a CV and the names and addresses of two or more referees.

Source: David Rand.

Position in Statistics at the Free University of Brussels

Institute for Statistics and Operations Research (ISRO)

Applications are invited for a position in Statistics, with effect from October 1st, 2000 or as soon as possible thereafter, depending on the constraints of the selected candidate. Applicants should hold a PhD in mathematics, statistics, econometrics, or equivalent, and have research strength in statistics. As teaching duties include advanced courses in time series analysis, with emphasis on econometric applications, expertise in this area is desirable.

Teaching languages are French and English; a training period may be considered for non French-speaking candidates. Appointment will be made at the level of "charge de cours", and tenure should be given after a period of three to five years. For exceptional candidates, appointment at more senior level also may be considered.

The applied probability and statistics teams at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles are small but active - ULB is one of three institutions worldwide to be identified as having highly productive groups in both disciplines in a recent survey (the Canadian Journal of Statistics 1999, p. 438). The statistics team is also closely involved in the activities of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES).

Applications (including a CV, a list of publications and names of three referees) should be sent to Monsieur le Recteur de l'Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 50 av. F.D. Roosevelt, B1050 Bruxelles, Belgium, preferably with copy to Mrs Bottemanne, Institut de Statistique et de Recherche Operationnelle, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Campus de la Plaine CP 210, B1050 Bruxelles.

Further information can be obtained from Marc Hallin,

Source: Marc Hallin (

Lectureship at the University of Bristol

Department of Engineering Mathematics (ISRO)

The Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol will shortly be advertising for a Lectureship in Mathematics with a closing date around the end of September/beginning of October 2000. The position will be filled on the Lecturer A scale (in the range 17755 - 23256 as at 1st April 2000).

There will be opportunities to get involved with the huge interdisciplinary BLADE project recently announced. See UK Nonlinear News Issue 20 l#blade.

Information on the Department can be found at

Source: John Hogan.

Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

Institute of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Kent

Applications are invited for a three-year Lectureship in Applied Mathematics in the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Kent at Canterbury is available from 1st September 2000 or such a date as may be arranged.

Applicants should either have strong research record or have demonstrated substantial research potential in an area of Applied Mathematics. The successful candidate should have a doctorate, or equivalent research experience, and is expected to contribute significantly towards the Mathematics group's research profile. The successful candidate will be required to teach students in the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics and provide ancillary teaching to other departments within the University. The present research interests of the Mathematics group include nonlinear phenomena, differential equations and soliton theory, differential geometry, symbolic computation, asymptotics, and computational and algebraic number theory. Preference may be given to a person with interests in numerical analysis, nonlinear phenomena, financial mathematics, differential equations or soliton theory.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to the Director of the IMS, Professor Peter Clarkson Phone: +44 (0) 1227-827781 (direct line), Fax: +44 (0) 1227-827932, E-mail: Further information about the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics may also be found on the Web on URL:

Salary will normally be within the Lecturer A scale ({\pounds}18,731--{\pounds}23,256).

Further particulars and application forms are available from the Personnel Office, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF, to whom applications should be submitted, including the names of three referees. Phone 01227-823674 (and Minicom) or 01227-827837 (24 hour answerphone). Please quote reference number A00/129.

Closing Date: 31st August 2000.

The University is committed to implementing its Equal Opportunities Policy.

Source: Peter Clarkson (

Lectureship in Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematics


Applications are invited for a lectureship in Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at UMIST. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching in the Department. Preference will be given to candidates whose interests enhance the current research profile of the Department. We are particularly keen to have applications in the area of Dynamical Systems.

The post will be available from 1 October 2000 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor D.S. Broomhead (Phone: 0161 200 3680 or Email: or Professor P. Glendinning (Email:

Commencing salary will be within the scale #18,731-#30,967 per annum.

For an application form and further details please write to: The Personnel Office, UMIST, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, enclosing a self- addressed envelope. The closing date is 15 September 2000. Please quote reference: MAT/A/172/. An equal opportunity employer

Source: Rachel Peacock (

Professor of Nonlinear Mathematics

School of Mathematics

University of Surrey

This is a preliminary announcement for an open Professorship in Nonlinear Mathematics at the University of Surrey. The position is part of a major commitment to expand the activities in the area of nonlinear mathematics at Surrey. Candidates working at the interface between pure and applied mathematics, and candidates which resonate with and broaden the research profile of the current nonlinear mathematics research group are particularly encouraged to apply. Details of current research can be found at the website A more detailed advert will be announced at the end of August, and appear on the website and the Department website. Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Professor T.J. Bridges, Email:

Source: Professor T.J. Bridges (

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